News & Events

Catch up with the latest news and events at The Old Rectory Clinic. Our therapists and health professionals regularly hold a wide variety of interesting, informative, and useful events and workshops throughout the year. To learn more about what we do please see below.

06April

The Science of Happiness Workshop - Sunday 8th May 2016

A workshop that’s designed to leave you smiling, By Dorothea Read and Jade Painter

This CPD workshop explores the science of happiness. This is a tailored course for a maximum of 24 people at The Old Rectory Clinic from 9:30am -4:30pm.

The Course costs £75.00 and includes the following:

All accompanying training notes.

Certificate of Attendance - this event counts as 7 Hours of CPD.

A delicious locally sourced buffet lunch

Refreshments mid-morning and afternoon

Free parking

Our guest speakers, Dorothea Read and Jade Painter are both full time Clinical Hypnotherapists, Supervisors and Graduates of The Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School in Bristol. These two very popular visiting lecturers regularly deliver talks and workshops throughout the country.

For more than 60 years we have worked with the disease model in mental health, and then looking at drugs to ‘correct’ the illness. Now we have scientists including Professor Martin Seligman, Daniel Gilbert, Nancy Etcoff looking at Positive Psychology. This course explores the science of what makes life worth living and how to strengthen our emotional resilience. What is ‘happiness’? The difference between synthesised happiness and natural happiness.

During the day we will be looking at:

What is happiness? Pre frontal cortex studies. Are happy people problem free? What is emotion? The Lang-Bernard theory.

Neuroplasticity in fear, happiness and habits. What happens here and can we develop on it?

Scaling and the science behind it. Why the investment in the process of goal achievement rather than just the goal of creating happiness. What small step?

Sparkling moments or 5 things that are going well and the 5:1 ratio and focusing illusions. Psychologists Donald Clifton and Tom Rath’s science behind our concept.

Studies including, Dan Gilbert and why we make bad decisions, negative bias. Massachusetts General Hospital study (Benson and Liebermann) on relaxation and enhanced wellness

Why is ‘happiness’ important? By 2020 the World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the second biggest mental health issue.

This course is being facilitated by our Clinical Hypnotherapist, Caroline Huish. To purchase your tickets please click on the following link.

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29March

New Yoga Class

Small, Tailored Weekly Yoga Classes

New Yoga Class

The sun has been out for some of the long weekend and Spring is underway! An excellent reason to start working on strong, energetic poses. Travis Roth is now teaching small tailored group classes (max of six) every Wednesday morning 10am - 11am at The Old Rectory Clinic in Iron Acton, near Yate, South Glos. To book your place please contact Travis on 07966 773456.

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06February

Therapy Through the Looking Glass

An interesting short article on email therapy

Our resident Counselling Psychologist Carole Francis-Smith has written a very readable, short article regarding the interesting findings from her research.

 ‘Therapy through the looking glass; implications for training and beyond……...'

Please follow the above link to read the article and feel free to contact Carole on 07480 022 230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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